Boston Children’s Hospital and Children’s National Medical Center are partnering to provide babies with the best care possible in a new program designed to help keep parents safe and prevent complications in the birth process.
The BCS Children’s Emergency Care Center will be the largest of its kind in the country, with 1,000 beds and 1,600 beds of supportive services and care, according to the hospital.
The center will provide the infant and infant caregiver with up to 30 minutes of free emergency room care, as well as other support and counseling services during the birth.
It will also be the first place to provide the baby with a full range of preventive care, including vaccinations and breast milk and formula screenings.
The BCS Emergency Care Centre is set to open by July 31, 2019.
The infant and baby caregiver are also eligible for the BCS Baby Friendly Care Program, which includes up to a 30-minute supply of baby food and snacks for every $1 spent.
The program is available at any BCS emergency room and includes up-to-date vaccinations, including Hepatitis B, MMR and HPV.
The hospital will also expand its program to the pediatric ICU, and will offer up to six nights of crib and crib sleep, as long as the baby is not older than 3 months.
The hospital has partnered with Boston Childrens Medical Center to offer crib and bed-sharing for babies younger than 3 weeks, which is free to infants who qualify.
The program will begin July 1, 2019, and extend to March 31, 2020.